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At Accenture, our commitment to inclusion and diversity is unwavering. We believe it makes us smarter, more competitive and more innovative—and is a key part of what makes Accenture a great place to work.

As an innovation-led company, we value the diversity of thought and experience that comes from across a broad spectrum of abilities, age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

We publish the demographics of our US workforce annually to further collaboration and innovation with our people, our clients and our communities around the critical imperative to foster greater inclusion and diversity. We also publish our demographics to hold ourselves accountable for our progress. If we want people to be intentional, take the steps that are needed, and be part of making progress then we must be transparent about where we are and where we want to go.

In 2016, we made modest progress, with the addition of more than 1,000 employees of diverse backgrounds and 43 percent of our new hires being women. Even so, there is still much more to do.

We are taking new steps to foster a more inclusive workplace, including a new gender diversity goal to grow the percentage of our women in the US to at least 40 percent by 2020. We also launched a new referral program to reward employees – who are our best source of new talent – for successfully referring women, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, veterans and persons with disabilities candidates in the US. And, as a company, we are facilitating open, brave conversations about diversity with our people, within our industry and in the communities where we work and live.

With a focus on speeding the pace of our progress, we remain committed to creating a workplace where all of our people feel they belong and can be successful, both professionally and personally.


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Julie Sweet

Julie Sweet

Chief Executive Officer – North America

Our Workforce in the United States 2016

Total U.S. employees
47,756

Persons with Disabilities: Approximately 1,930 (4 percent) Accenture people have self-identified as persons with disabilities.


Veterans: Approximately 1,117 (2.3 percent) Accenture people have self-identified as a class of protected veteran. The total number of protected veterans, former active-duty personnel, national guard, current reservists and military spouses of veterans employees is approximately 2,115 (4.4 percent).



Persons with Disabilities: Approximately 724 (3.9 percent) Accenture people have self-identified as persons with disabilities.


Veterans: Approximately 388 (2.1 percent) Accenture people have self-identified as a class of protected veteran. The total number of protected veterans, former active-duty personnel, national guard, current reservists and military spouses of veterans employees is approximately 765 (4.2 percent).



Workforce Changes Year-Over-Year (Percent)

2015

2016

Change

Women

35.8

36.2

+0.4

Men

64.2

63.8

-0.4

American Indian/Alaskan Native

0.2

0.2

-

Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander

0.2

0.2

-

Two or More Races

1.9

2.0

+0.1

Hispanic/Latino

6.3

7.3

+1.0

African American/ Black

7.4

7.5

+0.1

Asian

33.6

34.1

+0.5

Caucasian

50.3

48.8

-1.5

Persons with Disablilities

3.0

4.0

+1.0

Veterans

2.0

2.3

+0.3

Data as of 31 December 2016 and excludes Accenture consolidated entities.
Numbers may not add up due to rounding.
For 2015 data ethnicity totals do not include unknown and denominators include unknown.
Accenture’s EEO-1 statement is prepared each year in accordance with the U.S. government requirements. Because the categories the U.S. government uses to identify job functions differs from our management structure and our reporting timelines, we encourage you to refer to our U.S. workforce demographics for insights into our employee base.

Recognition for our inclusion and diversity programs

We’re honored to be recognized by many prestigious organizations for our diversity programs, here are just a few. See more of our awards and recognitions.

Top 10 on Working Mother's 100 Best Companies, marking 14 consecutive years (2003-2016)
LATINA Style 50, marking six years on the LS50 (2008 & 2013-2017), including Company of the Year in 2014
G.I. Jobs' Military Friendly Top 100 Employers, marking four consecutive years (2013-2016)
G.I. Jobs' Military Friendly Top 100 Employers, marking four consecutive years (2013-2016)
No. 15 on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, marking five consecutive years in the top 15 (2012-2016) and ten consecutive years on the list over all (2007-2016). Included in five Top 10 lists: No. 8 for Global Diversity; No. 9 for Mentoring; No. 3 for Supplier Diversity; No. 7 for LGBT Employees (2015-2016); and No. 5 for Persons with Disabilities (2016).
Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for ten consecutive years (2008-2017
Debuted on Dave Thomas Foundation 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces</i>, tying at No. 28 overall and ranking No. 5 in the Consulting, Accounting, Legal and Business Services industry (2016)
No. 12 on Fatherly’s 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads (2016)
Accenture received the National Organization on Disability (NOD) 2016 Disability Employer Seal of Approval

Our employee resource groups

Our culture of inclusion and diversity is fostered by our US employee resource groups—vibrant communities that enable our people to strengthen their networks, grow their skills, celebrate their heritages and give back to the communities where they live and work. We have 10 national employee resource groups with 250+ local chapters.

  • African American

  • American Indian

  • Asian Pacific American

  • Persons with Disabilities

  • Hispanic American

  • Interfaith

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+

  • Men's

  • Military

  • Women's

Celebrations of diversity

We recognize and celebrate the heritage of our people with events and programs throughout the year. From observing heritage months to marking internationally recognized days, our people come together with our clients and our communities to learn from each other, promote understanding and be inspired.

  • American Indian Heritage Month

  • Asian Pacific American and Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Black History Month

  • Interfaith connections

  • International Women’s Day

  • International Persons with Disabilities Day

  • LGBT Pride Month

Learning and development

At Accenture, we are always inventing new ways for our people to learn and grow professionally and personally. As part of this investment, we provide customized learning and development opportunities to nurture our diverse talent and promote awareness and understanding about working in a diverse company.

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